CH 2005 – Director: Sabine Gisiger – Original language: English, French, German, Italian – Subtitles: English


Seveso 1976 was one of the great European catastrophes of the 20th century. When an installation exploded in the Icmesa chemical factory a large quantity of highly poisonous dioxin blasted over this North Italian Village. Though no one died, the population of Seveso suffered enormously: Many people, especially children had to be hospitalized for dioxin poisoning, animals had to be slaughtered, plants and fields were destroyed.

Jörg Sambeth was a young, up-and-coming technical director of Givaudan, a subsidiary of Hoffman-Laroche, the porwerful Swiss chemical company. He was also the responsible supervisor of Icmesa. In the aftermath of the catastrophe, Sambeth was indicted and sentenced to five years in prison for negligence. In Gambit, Sambeth talks openly about all that went wrong before and after Seveso. The film investigates how a very specific kind of corporate culture was really responsible for the harm done.

Awards: Prix de la Semaine de la Critique, Locarno 2005; Audience Award, Duisburg 2005

Writer: Sabine Gisiger. Camera: Reinhard Köcher, Helena Vagnière. Sound: Andi Litmanowitsch. Editing: Patricia Wagner. Music: Peter Bräder, Balz Bachmann. Production: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion / SF DRS / WDR. Producer: Karin Koch. Length: 107 min.

Competition (2002-2009) 2006
  • Saturday
    German with English subtitles
  • Monday
    ARRI Kino
    German with English subtitles